Staff Profile: Dr Graham Tate

SchoolGraham Tate

University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS)


Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Strategic Management

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323978



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
City Campus North


Leading and developing teams and groups can be demonstrated through my commercial experience in NFU and NFU Mutual where I managed a workforce of 175 staff in the West Midlands. In the HEI context I have been leading the supervisory team as Director of Studies for Aurelian Mbzibain. This supervisory team has included Emeritus Professor Trevor Hocking from SAS. My contacts at NFU and NFU Mutual secured the use of the membership database to provide the c. 2000 sample of members in the West Midlands Region to support Aurelian’s study. Aurelian has been with UWBS as a full time research student since November 2009 and has made or has plans to make four conference outputs.

A further positive example of leadership has been through the Oldacre 1 studentship with Daniel May. I submitted a successful funding bid in 2006, followed by his recruitment in 2007 and his diligent research supported by my contacts in the agricultural industry, such that he has secured a research lectureship at HAUC and will be submitting a completed thesis this summer. Throughout his studentship Daniel has remained enthusiastic and positively motivated, producing a number of journal and conference outputs.

PhD Research supervisions have involved the management of funds. This has been a significant responsibility with c. £100,000 of funding having already been managed against successful bids. Some of this funding has been used to support conference attendance and other educational purposes by myself and others in UWBS, reducing the pressure on precious departmental as well as MRC sources.

Grant applications have yielded £154,500 and I am certain this figure could be improved upon with further applications and the development of new initiatives. Much has been achieved elsewhere that could and should be applied in UWBS.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Reading
  • MBA, Aston University
  • BSc (Hons), Imperial College, London

Teaching interests

Enterprise and Strategy

Corporate and community engagement

School Governors, Stiperstones VC Primary, Mary Webb School, Pontesbury.

Professional body membership and roles

FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Research interests

My main research focus is rural enterprise. I have secured refereed publications in journals appropriate to my area of research interest including the Journalof Farm Management, the Journal of Entrepreneurship, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and Energy Policy. I have found in my teaching that journals up to and including this level of quality readily lend themselves to teaching, which I consider a desirable feature of research.

External academic roles

External examiner, University of Aberdeen and University of Worcester.

Selected publications

Tate, G. J. (2012). ‘A comparison of the drivers influencing farmers' adoption of renewable energy enterprises’. Energy Policy 49: 400-409

Tate, G. J. (2010). Entrepreneurship and the environment for rural SMEs in the Shropshire Hills, UK 1997-2009. The Journal of Entrepreneurship,19 (2): 191-207.